Empire State Development is coming to the assistance of businesses owners struggling amid rising water levels in Lake Ontario. 

The Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program will offer $30 million in grant funding, with individual awards up to $200,000, to eligible businesses who have been affected by by flooding along both Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River during 2019.  

Eligible applicants include not online businesses, but also not-for-profit organizations, farmers, homeowners' associations and owners of rental properties.

Grants may may be available to reimburse up to 50 percent of an eligible applicant's capital improvement project. 

Interested parties can visit the following links for more information on the program and to find an intake form that can be submitted directly to ESD: esd.ny.gov/lake-ontario-business-resiliency-programesd.ny.gov/lake-ontario-business-resiliency-intake-form.

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